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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fort Thomas Education Foundation Breaks Fundraising Record with 100th Anniversary Gala

The Winners of the Donated Prizes at the FTEF 100th birthday of the Highlands campus. 
The Highlands’ Centennial Celebration on May 15th at the Hall of Mirrors celebrated the 100th birthday of the Highlands’ campus and the upcoming completion of the renovation.

Nearly 300 guests enjoyed dinner and dancing at the Hilton Netherland Plaza. The event was the single biggest fundraising event ever hosted by the Fort Thomas Education Foundation bringing in $350,000.

The donors of "Bluebird" are Fort Thomas Education Foundation board members, Chuck and Shari Thompson. "Shari and I are honored to be a part of the Fort Thomas Education Foundation.  It is rewarding for us to donate our time and resources to an organization that has done so much for our  public schools.  There is no better investment in our community," said Thompson. "Yes, letting go of the Bluebird is bittersweet but the excitement it has generated for the Gala makes it more than worth it."

Only 150 tickets were available for the following prizes:

● 1955 Blue Ford Thunderbird (‘Bluebird’)
● Napa Experience Trip – Two night stay on O’Connell Family Vineyards & Private Wine Tasting. VIP/ Private Wine Tour & Tasting at Silver Oak Winery
● One week stay in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
● One week stay in Pawley’s Island, SC
● One week stay in San Destin, FL
● One week stay in Lake Norris, TN
● One week stay in Pickens, SC
● Airfare to NYC and a complimentary tour of the NY Stock Exchange
● VIP Bus for 12 people (with driver) to either Keeneland or the KY Bourbon

There were 10 lucky winners of the donated prizes, including the 1955 Ford Thunderbird won by Bud and Linda Dempsey, but the real winners of the night were the students. Money earned from this event will be used to finish the gymnasium plaza, the community spaces in front of the gymnasium, reconfiguration of the driveway & pedestrian walkway in front of school and the ‘Walk of Fame’ entrance to the Highlands Field.

The Fort Thomas Education Foundation is a non-profit organization who raises money to improve our public schools and student resources because we’re serious about educational excellence. To date, thanks to the support and generosity of members of the community, the FTEF has raised nearly $9.5 million for the Campaign for Highlands. 

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